Breaking Down the Los Angeles Angels Projected Starting Five
Tyler Skaggs, like Richards, is also slowly being eased back into his starting role. Coming off Tommy John surgery in 2014, Tyler Skaggs made his return to the mound in the latter stages of last season.
Skaggs pitched in 10 games for roughly 49 innings. His ERA was 4.29, however, he’ll likely be able to lower that mound after going through the offseason and Spring Training fully healthy.
As players like Skaggs and Richards make their return to the mound, they will be under a microscope. Each pitch and throw will be documented by the Angels coaching staff ensuring that there is no discomfort. The Angels cannot have another injury prone season, they must retain health to be successful.
In the matter of Skaggs, he’ll likely start the most games of his career this season. In 2014, he started a career-high 18 games before being placed on the DL. I would expect for Skaggs to show real promise and elite pitching as well if again, there are no setback during Spring Training.